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SatCom Frontier: Automatic Bean Switching is the latest link in a long chain of ISR

If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” Sun Tzu, The Art of War

March 16, 2016 - Military leaders have long understood that mission success often depends on knowing both the enemy’s and one’s own capabilities. For Napoleon at Austerlitz, Lee at Chancellorsville, Eisenhower on D-Day, and the “Left Hook” of Desert Storm, knowledge of the enemy was key to victory.

Today this requirement is further complicated by the speed of operations and the desire to push intelligence to the lowest tactical units.

In this environment, it is not surprising that combatant commanders’ first priority is ISR (intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance) – usually provided by remotely piloted aircraft (RPAs).

RPAs provide immediate information on enemy forces, friendly forces, and environmental conditions that are invaluable to the military decision maker. The immediacy of this information enables the military to achieve greater depth, agility, versatility, initiative, and synchronization — the five tenets of U.S. Army operations.

But delivering ISR to the tactical edge of combat requires vast amounts of bandwidth. And this bandwidth demand increases as more sensors and applications are added to RPAs.

High-throughput satellites (HTS), such as Intelsat’s EpicNG, help solve this problem by increasing the available bandwidth by 300-400% using high-throughput spot beams. In designing our EpicNG satellites, engineers looked at the possible loss of signal as RPAs passed from one small spot beam to the next.

To address this concern, IGC partnered with L-3 Communications Systems West to develop a software update for automatic beam switching (ABS) so that RPAs could fully benefit from the new HTS capabilities of EpicNG.

This video offers a look at how ABS works. Using real air and ground satellite terminals connected to Intelsat’s Horizons-1 satellite and a navigation simulator, this demonstration shows how the system automatically changes both frequency and polarization as the RPA moves from one beam to another with minimal effect.

The next demonstration will use an RPA and the first EpicNG satellite, IS-29e, successfully launched on January 27.


There are few constants in warfare, but one constant is that knowledge of the enemy and of one’s self are key. RPAs are the U.S. military’s best tool to achieve this goal and ABS insures that we can continue to support RPA operations using Intelsat’s high-performance EpicNG satellites.

Horizon Utilities emerges at top of Corporate Knights Future 40 ranking

TORONTO, March 30, 2016 /CNW/ - When it comes to sustainability performance, the leadership of mid-size companies is as important as the steps taken by Canada's corporate behemoths. Corporate Knights created its annual Future 40 Responsible Leaders ranking to highlight companies with revenue under $2 billion or less than 2,000 employees that are taking significant steps toward a cleaner economy. 

"Sustainability is quickly becoming an integral part of competitive strategy for companies of all sizes," said Toby Heaps, CEO of Corporate Knights. "Wasting electricity and habitat degradation lead to negative consequences, regardless of the size of a business. With governments moving toward post-Paris carbon reduction goals, Future 40 companies are among the best positioned for this new reality." 

Horizon Utilities tops the 2016 Future 40 ranking, with a decade-long commitment to sustainability measurement, habitat stewardship, local community engagement and excellent customer service. A perennial award recipient among utilities, Horizon adopted Global Reporting Initiative disclosure practices in 2008 and is working actively on densificaton with the communities of Hamilton and St. Catharines. It was the only utility in the province with more than 60,000 customers to achieve energy production and conservation targets as required under Ontario's long-term energy plan. 

"Many people have asked me over the years why we spend more money on sustainability measures," said Neil Freeman, vice-president, business development and corporate relations at Horizon. "And my response is that we spend less than you. Measurement gives us increased mileage on what we do spend." 

The Future 40 Responsible Leaders ranking was created in 2014 to showcase Canada's emerging sustainability players. Data is gathered from publicly disclosed sources and verified with companies. Methodology encompasses 12 key performance indicators (KPIs) in resource, employee and financial management. Tobacco companies and those that derive most of their revenue from weapons manufacturing are excluded from this ranking universe. 


Mining companies figured prominently with 13 companies on the 2016 Future 40 list. Real estate management, transportation and petroleum companies were also on the list. Ninety per cent of the companies reported their energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Disclosure of water usage and waste generation also improved over the prior year at 75 and 70 per cent respectively. Reinforcing their ongoing commitment to sustainability disclosure and leadership, GTAA and EDC, which ranked second and third this year, achieved the top spot in prior years. New companies on the list in 2016 included London Hydro, EPCOR Utilities, Edmonton International Airport and Tembec.

Canon U.S.A further expands line of network cameras with five new high-performance models delivering clear and color-accurate video

Canon U.S.A further expands line of network cameras with five new high-performance models delivering clear and color-accurate video

MELVILLE, N.Y., March 30, 2016 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today unveiled five new network cameras with advanced capabilities designed to effectively meet the needs of indoor and outdoor applications in a wide range of markets. All five cameras share several core technologies and features including a Genuine Canon Lens for capturing high-clarity, virtually distortion-free video, a 2.1 Megapixel (1920 x 1080) resolution high sensitivity CMOS sensor, and Canon’s powerful DIGIC DV III Image Processor which helps to provide images with remarkable color accuracy even in low-light environments.

“The importance of security and surveillance continues to increase for all types of markets and sectors,” stated Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “With the announcement of these new high-performance indoor and outdoor models, Canon is once again demonstrating its strong commitment to developing network cameras that meet the ever-changing needs of these varied industries.” 

Outdoor/Indoor Speed Dome Network Cameras

Canon’s new Speed Dome Network Cameras, the VB-R12VE (outdoor) and VB-R13 (indoor), both offer seamless PTZ control provided by 360 degrees endless panning capability. In addition to 30x optical zoom for crisp images even from long distances, these cameras also share an Enhanced Digital Zoom function that can offer up to an equivalent 120x optical zoom when streaming at lower resolutions. Adding to their user-friendliness and ease of PTZ control is the ability to create up to 256 preset positions and up to five tour routes. Canon optical encoders, micro-stepping motors, and a timing belt enable these models to provide fast (up to 450 degrees per second), precise panning and tilting.

With a robust weather- and vandal-resistant housing and built-in heater, the VB-R12VE camera is outdoor ready and able to withstand a variety of challenging environments. This model is also available with audio and external I/O support as the VB-R13VE

VB-H651V Vandal Resistant Indoor Fixed Dome Network Camera

The VB-H651V is Canon’s newest Indoor Fixed Dome Network Camera to feature the company’s unique Remote PTRZ Adjustment function for easy post-installation changes to the camera’s pan, tilt, zoom and rotation positions. A vandal-resistant enclosure helps facilitate this camera’s safety from impact and tampering. The VB-H651V camera’s ability to deliver high-quality video is supported by an Auto Focus function for clear focusing on subjects both near and far away. This camera comes with a mounting plate to enable fast and simple installation, and it has multiple power options for installation flexibility, including 24 V AC, 12 V DC and PoE.


VB-H652LVE Infrared Vandal Resistant Outdoor Fixed Dome Network Camera

Canon also introduced the VB-H652LVE, its new infrared outdoor-ready Fixed Dome Network Camera which has a vandal-resistant, water-tight housing and optional heater unit making it suitable for installation in many climates. It is equipped with four built-in IR illuminators that enable video to be captured in little to no visible light, and an Auto Focus function for clear focusing on subjects both near and far away. It offers analog video output and installation controls for simple camera positioning during installation, and multiple power options including 24 V AC, 12 V DC, PoE and PoE+ provide further installation flexibility. 

Convenience and Versatility

For added versatility, all of these new Canon network cameras have the ability to stream in both 16:9 and 4:3 resolutions, and also offer Custom Video Settings for optimal image exposure according to time of day and conditions (includes shutter speed, iris, gain, white balance, and noise reduction). Two available features, Motion Adaptive Noise Reduction and Area-Specific Data Size Reduction (ADSR), are both designed to help reduce data size while also helping to improve the image quality of areas of interest. These cameras are suitable for installation in areas with frequent vibrations – such as on top of a pole or near heavy machinery – as an Image Stabilization feature enables them to deliver clear video with minimal motion blurring. 


The simple setup and use offered by these new Network Cameras is furthered by a Camera Viewer and a Mobile Viewer that provide easy access to the camera’s features and functionality from a variety of different compatible devices including PCs, mobile phones and tablets. All of these cameras are ONVIF Profile S and Profile G Conformant to help facilitate maximum interoperability with third-party recorders, and all also include a Canon Camera Management Tool (CCMT) that allows for centralized management of all current Canon Network Cameras (camera discovery, configuration, back-ups and restores, firmware upgrades, etc.).

Wolters Kluwer partners with American Nurses Foundation and Penn Nursing on mobile PTSD toolkit App

Philadelphia, PA, January 13 - Wolters Kluwer, a leading global provider of information and point of care solutions for the healthcare industry, today announced the release of a mobile version of the post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) toolkit from the American Nurses Foundation (ANF) and the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing). Developed by Lippincott Solutions, the free mobile app is designed to help nurses and other healthcare professionals gain rapid access to trusted PTSD information to support and inform care decisions.

PTSD is a serious mental disorder resulting from exposure to direct or indirect threat of death, serious injury or physical violence, including sexual violence. According to the National Center for PTSD, part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), approximately 8 million adults suffer from PTSD. It is a particularly significant mental health issue among veterans; more than 533,700 veterans with a primary or secondary diagnosis of PTSD received treatment through VA medical facilities in 2013.

“The PTSD Toolkit was designed to simplify the process of helping the nation’s veterans and military service members by making it easier for nurses and other clinicians to obtain trusted information and support tools,” said Kate Judge, Executive Director of the ANF. “A mobile version of the toolkit aligns with our mission to eliminate misinformation about PTSD and connect clinicians with the clinical references and training resources they need to make the best treatment decisions for their patients.”

Developed by ANF and Penn Nursing in response to Joining Forces, a nationwide initiative launched in 2011 by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden to support service members, veterans, and their families, the PTSD Toolkit is a self-directed e-learning program designed to teach or reinforce nurses’ knowledge about the treatment of veterans with PTSD. It includes simulation tools based on real case studies that are designed to test treatment skills and practice interventions.

“PTSD is a complex disorder that is often accompanied by other equally devastating issues such as depression, anxiety, chronic pain, relationship problems, and substance abuse that can impact timely and accurate diagnosis,” said Jayne Marks, Vice President, Publishing, Wolters Kluwer, Health Learning, Research and Practice. “The PTSD Toolkit in app form provides nurses and other clinicians who work with patients who have or may have PTSD with immediate access to reliable information and simulations to help with diagnosis and treatment.”

The app version of the toolkit streamlines clinical workflows related to the care of PTSD patients. It helps improve care quality by providing clinicians with mobile access to valuable insight into the disorder, as well as a step-by-step process for diagnosing PTSD and the ability to request additional information that can be shared with others.

The PTSD Toolkit App has been enhanced with nine topics from Lippincott Solutions, including Alcohol Withdrawal Management, Reality Orientation, Suicide Precautions, Family Therapy and Depression or Hostility Monitoring and Precautions. A series of comprehensive, integrated software applications from Wolters Kluwer that helps organizations make evidence actionable at the bedside, Lippincott Solutions includes advanced online workflow technology, current evidence-based clinical information, and professional development tools for the practicing nurse.

Available for Android™ and iOS platforms, the app is available for download from Google Play and the Apple Store, or visit www.LippincottSolutions.com/PTSD.

About Wolters Kluwer

Wolters Kluwer is a global leader in professional information services. Professionals in the areas of legal, business, tax, accounting, finance, audit, risk, compliance and healthcare rely on Wolters Kluwer's market leading information-enabled tools and software solutions to manage their business efficiently, deliver results to their clients, and succeed in an ever more dynamic world.

Wolters Kluwer reported 2014 annual revenues of €3.7 billion. The group serves customers in over 170 countries, and employs over 19,000 people worldwide. The company is headquartered in Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands. 

Wolters Kluwer Health is a leading global provider of information and point of care solutions for the healthcare industry. For more information about our products and organization, visit www.wolterskluwerhealth.com.

About the American Nurses Foundation

The American Nurses Foundation (ANF) is the charitable and philanthropic arm of the American Nurses Association (ANA), the only full-service professional organization representing the interests of the nation’s 3.4 million registered nurses through its constituent and state nurses associations and its organizational affiliates. The Foundation supports programs that transform the nation’s health through the power of nursing.

About The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing is one of the world’s leading schools of nursing and is ranked the #1 graduate nursing school in the United States by U.S. News & World Report. Penn Nursing is consistently among the nation’s top recipients of nursing research funding from the National Institutes of Health and prepares nurse scientists and nurse leaders to meet the health needs of a global society through research, education, and practice.

For more information about Penn Nursing, visit www.nursing.upenn.edu, follow @PennNursing and @PennNursingDean on Twitter, like us on Facebook and Instagram, and follow us on LinkedIn.

Greater Manchester police to deploy 3,000 body cameras on Axon technology platform from TASER

London, UK, December 4 - TASER International, the global leader in body-worn cameras and digital evidence management tools for law enforcement, today announced receipt of an order for up to 3,148 Axon Body 2 cameras and up to a three-year subscription to Evidence.com by the Greater Manchester Police, the third largest police agency in the UK. This order was received in the fourth quarter of 2015 and is expected to ship in the first quarter of 2016.

Officers in a variety of public facing roles will wear the body cameras and initial rollout is planned to begin in spring of 2016. The data from the body cameras will be stored and managed on Axon's technology platform. The leading digital evidence management platform is a highly secure cloud-based solution and the data will be stored in UK-based data centers.

"Body-worn video has been part of Greater Manchester Police's plans to improve our service to the public for several years, going back to summer 2013," said Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan. "Technologies such as body-worn video will make up part of the policing landscape for many years to come, and this funding will allow Greater Manchester to be at the forefront of the nationwide push towards more accountable and effective police forces."

"We are thrilled that both the Greater Manchester Police and the London Metropolitan Police Service have selected our Axon technology platform in the last week," says Rick Smith, founder and CEO of TASER International. "We're looking forward to supporting both of these agencies in their efforts to bring new and innovative technology to their police force in order to maximize officer safety while bringing a new level of trust and transparency to police work."

The UK's largest police force, the Metropolitan Police Service (Met), announced just last week that it has chosen Axon to outfit 22,000 of its officers with the Axon Body 2 cameras. The Met also released a report that highlights several benefits for using the cameras including a 33% reduction in allegations against police.

About Axon & Evidence.com Platform:

Thousands of law enforcement agencies to date are now utilizing the Axon platform, allowing them to seamlessly integrate software and hardware to enable powerful capabilities. The Axon platform connects technology and people in order to create safer communities. 

Powerful Simplicity: Our hardware and software products work together seamlessly and are easy to use, with software upgrades every 30 days that continually expand law enforcement capabilities.

Security Beyond CJIS. Our security practices go above and beyond CJIS requirements to keep law enforcement's most sensitive data safe.

Connected Mobile App Suite. The Axon suite of mobile applications augments the body camera experience and allows officers to Capture, View, and stream Live video from their smartphone.

Infinite Capabilities from Capture to Courtroom: From body cameras and dash cameras to digital evidence management tools we arm law enforcement with great capabilities to help them focus on policing.

CAD/RMS Integration - Automates Axon video tagging by pulling in the correct metadata from existing systems.

Interview room - Axon now supports an enterprise interview room solution, unifying an agency's digital evidence

Automated redaction – Smart Tracker is an expanded suite of redaction tools that streamlines the fulfillment of public records requests

Prosecutor Solution - Secure digital collaboration with the prosecutor saves time and money

About TASER International, Inc. 

TASER International makes communities safer with innovative public safety technologies. Founded in 1993, TASER first transformed law enforcement with its electrical weapons. TASER continues to define smarter policing with its Axon brand which includes a growing suite of connected products and services from body cameras and digital evidence management tools to mobiles apps. More than 158,000 lives have been saved from death or serious injury with TASER's products and services. TASER's worldwide headquarters are in Scottsdale, AZ and its international headquarters are in Amsterdam, NL. TASER also has offices in London, UK and Seattle, WA.

GSN Awards Judge Chuck Brooks to announce 2015 Winners on Wednesday, November 18

Chuck Brooks

By Adrian Courtenay

GSN is pleased to announce that lead Judge Charles (Chuck) Brooks in the GSN 2015 Homeland Security Awards Program has reported that Winners and Finalists will be announced on Wednesday, November 18. Chuck is well-known and highly respected in the greater Homeland Security community for his substantive knowledge and experience on security-related issues.

In his full-time role, Chuck serves as VP for Government Relations and Marketing and leads Federal, State and local Government relations for of Sutherland Government Solutions (SGSI). He’s also responsible for leading the marketing portfolio including Media, PR, Digital Outreach, thought leadership, strategic partnering and branding for the Federal Government, State & Local Government, business processing and professional service for the $1.2B company employing over 30,000 employees across the globe.

Chuck has an extensive record of service in senior executive management, marketing, government relations and business development in the private sector, serving in corporate leadership roles for multiple public corporations including Xerox (VP Homeland Security), Rapiscan (VP R&D) and SRA (VP Government Relations). Known for his prolific “influencer” writings and presentations at conferences and universities on issues such as emerging technologies, innovation, homeland security and cybersecurity, The Internet of Things and Digitizing Government, he truly epitomizes and terms “Thought Leader” and “Change Agent.”

In the media, he has published dozens of articles in the likes of Forbes, Huffington Post, Information Week, MIT Sloan Blog, Cygnus Security Media, Homeland Security Today, The Hill, Biometric Update, Computer World and Government Tech Viewpoint. He is also a Columnist and Contributor for Bizcatalyst360 and a regular featured contributor to an upstart publication named “Government Security News.”

In government, Chuck was appointed by two Presidents to executive roles in the federal government. Chuck served at the Department of Homeland Security as the first Director of Legislative Affairs for the Science & Technology Directorate. Chuck’s former boss, the Hon. Jay M Cohen (Rear Admiral, US Navy, ret.) stated ”From my Senate confirmation hearings, through two years of re-inventing the Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate (which was described by the Congress in 2006 as a "rudderless ship with no one at the helm" and in danger of the Congress rescinding $200M in FY 07), Chuck Brooks as Director of Legislative Affairs at DHS was INVALUABLE to me, the DHS S&T Directorate, DHS, the Nation AND Congress in making the "reformation" of DHS S&T a complete success. His Hill/DC acumen, insight, reliability, ability to develop highly effective congressional interaction/communications is WITHOUT PEER in my nearly 16 years dealing with senior executive branch officials, industry, academia and the Congress."

In academia, he was Adjunct Faculty Member at Johns Hopkins University, where he taught students about homeland security and Congress. His academic background includes an MA in International relations from the University of Chicago; a BA in Political Science (’79) from DePauw University and a Certificate in International Law from the Hague.

In his spare time, he serves as an advisor to the Technology Partner Network (TPM) of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He also serves as chairman and advisor to multiple emerging technology and CyberTech companies and serves on the board of Ecrypt Technologies, which was started by his former colleague Dr. Thomas A. Celluci, who informed GSN that Chuck’s keen intellect is only matched by his genuine good nature and helpful attitude toward others.

GSN interviews int’l security and terrorism expert Bob Liscouski on crash of Russian jet

By Adrian Courtenay

New York, November 5 - As evidence mounted in recent days that the Russian jet which fell to the ground shortly after take-off from el-Shiekh Airport in Egypt was brought down by a bomb, GSN had the opportunity to conduct an interview with security and terrorism expert Bob Liscouski at the Harvard Club in New York to get his views on the subject - before he had to leave to catch a plane for Washington, where he would appear on “The Situation Room” with Wolf Blitzer a few hours later.

Mr. Liscouski was appointed by President George W. Bush after 9-11 as the Department of Homeland Security’s first Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure protection. He worked closely with the White House and other federal agencies to design, develop and implement the framework to protect the nation’s physical and cyber infrastructure. He also served as a special agent for the Diplomatic Security Service, living for a number of years in Europe. He is now president of Implant Sciences Corporation in Wilmington, MA.

In answer to the obvious question as to whether he agreed with the President and the growing consensus in other countries that the cause of the Russian air disaster was terrorism, and specifically a bomb, Liscouski pointed out “My background is as an investigator, so I always want to look at the evidence before I make a judgement. It’s still too early to collect and inspect sufficient evidence, since the tragedy only occurred a week ago. But I can tell you” he added, “that the intelligence services of the United States and Britain are outstanding, and the President’s comments are clearly based on their input.”

“Middle East politics are very complicated,” Mr. Liscouski continued. “ISIS and the Russians do not have the same objectives regarding the Assad regime in Syria. And of course airlines are good publicity for terrorists, who want to kill many people at one time. ISIS terrorists know how to build a device to bring down a plane to cause fear and chaos and get what they consider to be favorable publicity for their cause.”

If it was a bomb that brought down the plane, how could they have gotten aboard, GSN asked.

“There are many ways,” said Liscouski. “A device could have been in a checked suitcase, cargo or carry-ons. Right now, while there is much speculation, no one knows for sure. Investigators will look at all of these possibilities, and more. They’ll be rigorous in checking out those with legitimate access to the plane – food handlers and other service personnel, the guy who fuels the plane, van drivers. They’ll examine everyone who had access, their backgrounds, connections, phone calls, text messages, and every conceivable angle possible. Investigators are going to be very busy.”

What is the point of the terror? How does it further the goals of ISIS?

“The point of terror as practiced by radical groups such as Al Qaeda, ISIS and others is to influence a country and its citizens so that they will pressure political leaders to take or change their policies. Terrorist tactics are intended to be shocking and dramatic, whether it is blowing up a passenger plane or televise beheadings. Aircraft are an attractive target because they capture the news for days and weeks. We see twisted metal, children’s flip-flops, even bodies. Of course it can backfire. In the case of the 9/11 terrorists, they greatly underestimated the courage and will of the American people. Instead of terrifying us, it brought us together.

“Nevertheless, terrorists are a reality and we need to be vigilant and always on our guard.”

Bob, What effect will the tens of thousands of Middle East refugees have on terrorist activities in the West?

“I believe it will have a dramatic effect. The Germans are understandably proud of their embrace of the refugees, but they are now realizing they have a tough road ahead, as does all of Europe. A significant proportion of the refugees are young men age 15 to 20. Most want a better life. Some are committed to ISIS, Al Qaeda and other radical organizations. It’s virtually impossible to determine which is which. In fact, it’s virtually impossible to know anything about each and every one of them. Economies and authorities are being overwhelmed. I think we’ll eventually experience more terror, not less.”

Besides the refugees, Bob, there is great concern about home grown terrorists, young men born in the West who have served ISIS in Syria and Iraq and returned home with skills in bomb making and other terror tactics. What do we do about them?

“Yes, they present a potentially deadly threat because as a citizen of their country of birth, they easily blend in. However, most are known in their communities. Good intelligence makes it easier to track them than the nameless refugees who are flooding into Europe.”

Implant Sciences, of which Mr. Liscouski is president, designs, manufactures and sells explosive trace detection (ETD) and drugs trace detection solutions for many applications including aviation, transportation, customs, air cargo, critical infrastructure protection, ports and borders, force protection, public safety and emergency responders.

The TSA has selected Implant’s QS-B220 next generation explosive trace detection system to replace existing ETD systems in airports throughout the U. S. Installation is scheduled to begin this month.  

The company introduced its first handheld explosive trace detection products in 2003 and has sold thousands of ETD systems in more than 50 countries. In 2008 the company restructured to a single business focus and is now a pure play in Security, Safety and Defense (SS&D) markets. The QS-H150 has been designated aa “Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology by the Department of Homeland Security and the QS-B220 has passed multiple international test and certification processes including those of TSA (United States), ECAC (Europe) and CACC (China). It has been Designated a Qualified Ant-Terrorism Technology by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security pursuant to 6 U.S.C. 441-444 (the Support Anti-terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies Act of 2002, or “SAFETY Act) and 6 C.F.R. Part 25 (Regulations to Support Anti-terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies).

DENSO announces the GT20: a new line of tougher, lighter 1-D and 2-D hand-held scanners

Long beach, CA, October 13 - DENSO ADC, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of mobile data capture systems, has introduced a new line of high-performing hand-held scanners that are among the lightest, most rugged on the market. The GT20 Series barcode terminals offer superior accuracy and operational ease in a high-tech scanner as light as a TV remote control, yet tough enough to withstand a harsh industrial environment.

“DENSO took all the best features of our hand-held scanners, made them better and combined them in the new GT20,” said David Keller, business manager of DENSO ADC, the Americas’ sales arm of DENSO Wave Inc., inventor of the QR Code®. “This device gives customers what they want most in a scanner: more power, versatility and resilience for greater safety and efficiency.”

Available in 1D and 2D models, the GT20 is designed for precise, high-speed reading and accurately captures data even when codes are dirty or blurred. The scanner also quickly and reliably reads codes displayed on liquid crystal screens such as computers and smart devices, offers confirmation by light, sound or vibration, and has photo capability for capturing and transmitting images on the spot when more product verification is needed.

The GT20’s outstanding quality is matched by its exceptional durability. Built to withstand repeated drops, the robust scanner gets the job done, even after falling 60 times from a height of 2 meters, and is designed for use in dusty or wet conditions and extreme temperatures ranging from -20 to 50 C (-4 to 122 F).

All of the above comes packaged in one of the lightest barcode readers available. Weighing only 180 grams, the compact, ergonomic GT20 reduces operator fatigue, increasing productivity by allowing for longer, more comfortable use.

The 1-D model is compatible with wide linear barcodes, and 2-D units have a range of 360 degrees to read matrix codes from any angle regardless of orientation. All models incorporate advanced technology for easy data transmission to smart devices and are equipped with a sturdy locking cord connector so they remain securely attached to their power source during operation.

About DENSO:

DENSO Corp., headquartered in Kariya, Aichi prefecture, Japan, is a leading global automotive supplier of advanced technology, systems and components in the areas of thermal, powertrain control, electronics, information and safety. Its customers include all the world's major carmakers. Worldwide, the company has more than 200 subsidiaries and affiliates in 38 countries and regions (including Japan) and employs nearly 140,000 people. Consolidated global sales for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015, totaled US$35.9 billion. Last fiscal year, DENSO spent 9.2 percent of its global consolidated sales on research and development. DENSO common stock is traded on the Tokyo and Nagoya stock exchanges. For more information, go to www.globaldenso.com, or visit our media website at www.densomediacenter.com.

About DENSO in North America:

In North America, DENSO employs more than 17,000 people at 33 consolidated companies and affiliates. Of these, 28 are manufacturing facilities located in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. In the U.S. alone, DENSO employs more than 14,000 people in California, Alabama, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Iowa, Ohio, Arkansas and Pennsylvania. DENSO’s North American consolidated sales totaled US$8.0 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015.

Qylur Intelligent Systems and DHS sign cooperative research and development agreement

Lisa Dolev, Qylur

Palto Alto, CA, October 15 - Qylur Intelligent Systems, an intelligent systems company based in Silicon Valley, today announced that it has entered into a Cooperative Research & Development Agreement (CRADA) with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Transportation Security Laboratory (TSL). The agreement will allow the TSL to evaluate the Qylatron™ Entry Experience Solution and could eventually lead to use of the Qylatron in a range of checkpoint environments.

The DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) establishes CRADAs as public-private partnerships designed to expeditiously mature and deploy security technologies. The TSL, part of DHS S&T, works with developers of contraband detection products so that systems might achieve qualification by DHS components.

The 18-month-long collaboration will begin with the testing and evaluation of the Qylatron at the TSL facilities, a federal laboratory within the DHS S&T located at the William J. Hughes Technical Center in the Atlantic International Airport in New Jersey. The Qylatron will be evaluated for its new capabilities, operational models and detection. Qylur's vision to provide the secure entry point of the future aligns with the DHS's vision of smart, integrated, connected and interoperable solutions that deliver the experience and performance expected at airports and ground sites in the future. TSL's evaluation will be the first step in in the CRADA collaboration between DHS S&T and Qylur.

"We are honored to embark on this milestone, collaborating with the Department of Homeland Security. Since the DHS and Qylur essentially share the same vision for secure entry points, we expect very positive outcomes resulting from this CRADA agreement," says Dr. Lisa Dolev, founder and CEO of Qylur.

About Qylur 

Qylur Intelligent Systems is a Silicon Valley-based technology company disrupting the operational intelligence market through significantly smarter adaptive systems that deliver great user experiences. Qylur develops software and system solutions that are vertically integrated across the entire IIoT/M2M stack and employ social networks of machines, multi-dimensional machine learning, and human interaction design (M2H). The company's solutions offer guests a fun, respectful and personalized self-service process while helping venues to continuously optimize their operations. Qylur's solutions sense-think-act-learn in a variety of markets including sports and entertainment, government and transportation. The company has received the US Department of Homeland Security SAFETY Act Developmental Testing and Evaluation Designation for its Qylatron product. For more information, visit www.qylur.com.

Deadline for entries in Homeland Security Awards extended to October 23

2010 Keynote Speaker: Ret. 4-Star General Barry McCaffrey

GSN announced today that in response to a number of requests to stretch the closing date for entries in its 2015 Homeland Security Awards Program, the deadline has been extended to Friday, October 23. At the same time, according to GSN Publisher Mike Madsen, the date for announcements of Finalists has been moved to Friday, October 30, and arrangements are being made for a Gala Awards Dinner in Washington, DC on December 1.

GSN hosted its first Awards Dinner in 2009 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City, in partnership with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police, complete with bagpipes and kilts. The keynote speaker and honoree at the event was Fran Townsend, former Homeland Security adviser to President George W. Bush and frequent expert guest on major television networks. In the 2010 event at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, DC, 4-Star General Barry McCaffrey (Ret) held the audience of Finalists and Winners in total silence as he recounted the history of the Department of Homeland Security from 9/11 to 2010. And in 2011, The GSN/Raytheon Award was presented to Coast Guard Commandant for his many years of service, including coming out of retirement twice to serve his country first in Hurricane Katrina, and secondly, in the BP Oil Spill. 

Once again, the Awards Program covers three major categories:

  1. Outstanding developers and vendors of IT Security products and solutions;
  2. Outstanding developers and vendors of Physical Security Products; and
  3. Outstanding Government Security Programs, Projects and Initiative.


There is no charge for government agencies, according to Mike Madsen, and vendors to government agencies are welcome to nominate deserving agencies that they have worked with. Madsen also pointed out that prime sponsorships are still available for the Awards Dinner, in which new Sponsors can join a list of some of the most prominent companies in the world, including Agiliance, Inc., Arcsight (now part of HP), BIG Enterprises, BRS Labs, Cisco Systems, Entrust (Now Entrust Datacard), General Dynamics, Motorola, Mutualink, Quantum Secure, Raytheon, Redseal, Terradata, Vanguard Integrity Professions and many others. Executives interested in being a Sponsor should contact GSN Publisher Madsen at 732-233-8119 or [email protected]

Photos of prior Awards Dinners may be viewed here.



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